Director, WFP Washington Liaison Office, World Food Programme
Jon Brause has been Director of the World Food Programme’s (WFP) Washington Liaison Office since March 2013. Based in Washington, D.C., Mr. Brause directs WFP’s interactions with its major partners in the U.S. Government, and represents WFP in dialogue with U.S.-based organizations interested in reducing hunger and poverty worldwide.
Mr. Brause, a national of the United States of America, came to WFP following a twenty-two year career with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where he most recently served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Bureau for Management. Previously, he served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance.
Mr. Brause was the Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Relief, Stabilization, and Development in the National Security Council (NSC) in 2008. In that capacity, he coordinated the U.S. Government’s development and reconstruction efforts and the response to humanitarian crises. Mr. Brause managed the U.S. foreign assistance budget and a wide array of issues, ranging from HIV/AIDS and malaria, to anti-corruption and stabilization efforts.
Prior to his time in the NSC, Mr. Brause served as the Director of the Office of Program, Policy, and Management at USAID. While there, he was responsible for all Bureau-level policy and management issues related to Disaster Assistance, Food Aid, Democracy Programs, Military Interaction, and Conflict. Before his selection as Director, Mr. Brause served as a Senior Policy Advisor to USAID Administrator Andrew S. Natsios, and monitored humanitarian and development policy with a focus on Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean. During his tenure in the Office of Food for Peace, Mr. Brause managed all aspects of U.S. government food aid programming for humanitarian activities worldwide.
While at USAID, Mr. Brause was also deeply involved in the development of the U.S. humanitarian assistance policy and programs for North Korea. He worked closely with donor governments, representatives from the North Korean government, United Nations agencies, and the NGO community to ensure that U.S. contributions to North Korea were efficiently programmed and effectively delivered.
Mr. Brause holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of California at Davis, and a Master’s degree in National Security Strategy from the National Defense University’s National War College in Washington, D.C. He is married with three adult children.